Welcome to the Biomedical Sciences Graduate Programs (New Brunswick/Piscataway)

Housed in the School of Graduate Studies at Rutgers University, the Biomedical Sciences programs in New Brunswick/Piscataway offer interdisciplinary PhD training in specialties including Biochemistry, Pharmacology (with a Cancer Biology Concentration), Physiology, Environmental Exposure, Microbiology and Molecular Genetics, Biomedical Engineering, Toxicology, and NeuroscienceOur MD/PhD program is an institutional partnership between Robert Wood Johnson Medical School, Rutgers University New Brunswick campus and Princeton University.  In addition, we offer a Masters in Clinical and Translational Sciences, a Masters in Biomedical Science and an MS in Biomedical Sciences. 

The School of Graduate Studies provides personalized academic support for approximately 5,200 Rutgers students enrolled in more than 150 doctoral, master’s, and dual degree programs across New Brunswick/Piscataway and Newark. Collaborating with international partner institutions—from Brazil, Puerto Rico, France, and Croatia to China, Indonesia, and South Korea—and with over 25,000 alumni spread across the world, ours is a global commitment to advanced, cutting-edge research and scholarship. Our school ensures rigorous academic standards, fosters interdisciplinary collaboration between graduate faculty and students, and oversees innovative professional development initiatives that prepare graduate students to succeed in both academic and non-academic careers.


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Congratulations to the 2017 graduates and award winners (starting third from right to left):

Stephanie Eunjung Oh - GSBS - New Brunswick/Piscataway Outstanding Teaching and Service Award

Katherine Morgan - Stanley S. Bergen, Jr., MD Medal of Excellence

Heather McGowan - GSBS - New Brunswick/Piscataway Dissertation Excellence Award




Learn why Science Matters at Rutgers University from some of our very own graduate students!  Click on the image below to watch the video


Message from the Deans

To the Members of Our Graduate School Communities:

Today, the Rutgers Board of Governors approved the merger of the Graduate School-New Brunswick and the Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences. As of July 1, 2017, these two schools will merge to become the new School of Graduate Studies, an administrative unit that will serve over 5,000 students enrolled in 63 doctoral and 75 master’s programs spread across New Brunswick, Newark, and Piscataway.

This merger represents the culmination of a process that began in 2013 with the integration of Rutgers University and the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey. It offers us a unique opportunity to combine our staff and consolidate our resources, to build support for interdisciplinary initiatives and collaborations, and to assist our students as they complete their graduate programs and prepare for professional careers.

More importantly, it allows us to better serve the members of our communities by addressing more directly the challenges facing graduate education in the 21st century. Amidst rapidly changing labor markets, there are fewer tenure-track job opportunities. However, the demand for highly-trained professionals with advanced degrees has never been greater, affording our students a broad range of career paths on which to embark following their training.

With the creation of the School of Graduate Studies, we will be as committed as ever to the rigorous graduate training that has made Rutgers one of this nation’s leading research universities. We will anticipate the future needs of our students in order to help them thrive in a global economy where success depends on their cultivation of wide-ranging skill sets, and we will take advantage of the broad and deep expertise of our graduate faculty to develop a more interdisciplinary approach to graduate education.

Providing administrative oversight for nearly 140 graduate programs, we will continue to partner with our faculty and staff in order to train Rutgers students to think critically, to write effectively, and to work independently. We will also look for ways to build new innovative programs that will better prepare our students as they transition from graduate classrooms and labs into increasingly competitive labor markets.

Like its predecessors, the School of Graduate Studies will exist to foster new ideas and create new knowledge. With our new, integrated school, we are determined to be at the forefront of graduate education, and we are excited to serve our students, faculty, and staff in this new capacity.


Jerome J. Kukor, Ph.D.
Dean, Graduate School - New Brunswick
Future Dean of the School of Graduate Studies

Kathleen W. Scotto, Ph.D.
Dean, Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences
Future Vice Dean of the School of Graduate Studies

To learn more about the creation of the School of Graduate Studies, read the Rutgers Today news release.



Congratulations to the Graduate Student Symposium Award Winners


The Joint Molecular Biosciences Graduate Student Association held its 11th annual symposium on March 24 and the winners for best poster include Urmimala Basu and Anna Giarratana.  The winner of the best oral presentation was Alexandra Nguyen. 




Announcing the 2016-2017 Keeler Scholarship Award


The Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences at New Brunswick/Piscataway is delighted to announce the recipients of the 2016-2017 Keeler Scholarship.  This year’s award winners, Maria Isaac, Phillip Sgobba and April De Stefano will be completing a Master of Science in Biomedical Science degree.  We congratulate our students and express our warmest gratitude to the Keeler family, who made this generous scholarship possible.  



Read about MD/PhD Student Grace Ibitamuno Obienu who juggles 3 passions:medicine, community health and writing fiction. 
Click here to learn more about Grace



Congratulations to our first batch of iJOBS Phase 3 graduates from Dec 2016



Congratulations to the 2016 Biomedical Careers Program (BCP) Access Med students and GSBS mentors:

This year, as in the past years, GSBS mentors trained EIGHT BCP Access Med students for 4 weeks in their laboratories. All the students presented their research findings at the Student Research Symposium held on July 15, 2016 in the West Lecture Hall.


The Biomedical Careers Program (BCP) is an intensive six-week summer program offering academic enrichment in the sciences and health care orientated activities. BCP offers three levels of coursework and six different curricula for students at various stages of their undergraduate education. Each level includes a combination of lectures, laboratories, clinical correlations, and small group sessions.


Initiative for Maximizing Student Development (IMSD) Pipeline Program renewed!
Congratulations to Jerry Langer, PhD and Beatrice Haimovich, PhD on the renewal of a 5 year $2,365,247 grant from the NIH to enhance the training of under-represented minority students, and increase the number of Rutgers undergraduate and graduate students from diverse backgrounds who continue into careers in biomedical research and who will eventually assume leadership roles in the field.  To learn more about the program, click here.








Sandra Gensini, from the Master of Clinical and Translational Science Program, received a travel award from the GSBS to present her work at the 11th Annual Academic Surgical Congress held in Jacksonville in Feb 2016. Her platform presentation was entitled “Outcomes of Hybrid versus open surgery for aortic arch disease in the Medicare population”





USAID Experience


Two of our master’s students, Alex Kenefake and Ashley Millette, spent three months in Indonesia as USAID fellows last summer. Read what they had to say about this extraordinary experience. We encourage the incoming MBS class to consider applying for the prestigious USAID fellowship for an all paid summer research experience in Indonesia.


Alex Kenefake                                                                 Ashley Millette

GSBS  MBS                                                                        GSBS MBS


Click here to read all about Alex's Experience!                Click here to read all about Ashley's Experience!




Upcoming Events

  • For all events including career training and iJOBS activities as well as seminars and thesis defenses please visit our Google calendar and share it with your personal calendar.
  • For upcoming and past SGS - Biomedical Sciences thesis defenses, click here.
  • For some upcoming seminars on campus, click here.

Recent News

  • Publications:

    Edgar Ferrer-Gonzalez is first author on a paper in Antimicrobial Agents and Chemotherapy, June 2017. “β-Lactam Antibiotics with a High Affinity for PBP2 Act Synergistically with the FtsZ-Targeting Agent TXA707 against Methicillin-Resistant Staphylococcus aureus.”

  • Grants and Fellowships

    Michele Patrizii was awarded an NIH F31 fellowship "Proteasomal regulations of BMI-1 and impact on tumor initiating cells in glioblastoma" in July 2017.

    Matt Kraushar
    , an MD/PhD candidate has been awarded two grants as a principal investigator. Dr. Kraushar's studies will be conducted at Charité - Universitätsmedizin, Berlin, Germany, as part of his European Molecular Biology Organization (EMBO) Postdoctoral Fellowship.

    Mary Beth Bird
    , an MD/PhD candidate was awarded the Bigel Fellowship from the Department of Anthropology and the Graduate Enhancement Grant from the Center for African Studies, both at Rutgers, to continue her research on women and HIV/AIDS in Lesotho, Africa, during a summer fellowship.

    Sam Kogan received a NJCCR pre-doctoral fellowship entitled "The Role of Cellular Zinc Ion Homeostasis in the Mechanism of Zinc Metallochaperones as Mutant p53 Targeted Anti-Cancer Drugs”
    in March 2017

    Alejandra S. Laureano received an NIH F31 entitled Role of Shox2 in Zebrafish Otic Neuron Development in December 2016

    Liping Lou
    received an American Heart Association fellowship "Control of the Mg-permeant Ion Channels by PDZ Scaffold NHERF Proteins" in December 2016

    Kyle Saitta
    received an NIH F31 fellowship "The role of CHPG in oligodendrocyte regeneration" in November 2016.

    Caroline Pantazis received an NIH F31 fellowship "Role of Lateral Hypothalamus Orexin Circuits in Cocaine Demand" in August 2016.

    Alexandra Legeza Nguyen received an NIH F31 fellowship "Investigating the Discrete Functions of the Aurora Kinases in Meiosis I" in July 2016.

    Anna Giarratana received a NJ Commission on Brain Injury Research Fellowship "Effect of Genetic Polymorphisms on Recovery and Treatment after Traumatic Brain Injury" in June 2016.

    Przemyslaw Swiatkowski received a NJ Commission on Brain Injury Research Fellowship "The Role of Cypin in Recovery of Electrophysiological and Cognitive Functions followint Traumatic Brain Injury" in June 2016.

    Urmimala Basu received an American Heart Association Fellowship "Mechanism and regulation of human mitochondrial DNA transcription" in May 2016.

  • Awards and Internships

    Praveen Bommareddy
    has been selected to the list of 30 young emerging leaders in Cancer Immunotherapy by the Society of Immunotherapy in Cancer (SITC) and will participate in the Sparkathon.

    Birtha Narayanan
    received the Victor Stollar Fellowship.

    Eileen Oni
    will be working at the National Science Foundation as a AAAS Science and Technology Policy Fellow in the Directorate for Engineering, Division of Engineering Education and Centers with Broadening Participation in Engineering

    Ileanna Marrero-Berrios had an internship at Celgene for the summer of 2017

    Sonia Yevick had an internship at Eniware, LLC for the summer of 2017

    Fei Wang had an internship in the INSIGHT Data Science Fellowship Program for the summer of 2017

    Xiaowei Zhang had an internship at CSL Behring in the Clinical Pharmacology & Pharmacometrics

    Rutgers University (PIs Millonig and Yarmush)
    is excited to announce that we have been awarded a 5 year NIH Broadening Experiences in Scientific Training (BEST) grant.  Click here to learn more about iJOBS that launched in January 2015.
  • PhD Alumni News:
    Some recent PhD graduates
    Hanif Vahedian Movahed is a postdoc at Harvard.
    Brittany Taylor is a postdoc at U Penn.
    Almin Lalani is a postdoc at the National Cancer Institute.
    Anna Hader is a postdoc at Johnson & Johnson.
    Dharm Patel
    is a project manager in Scientific Affairs at Leo Pharmaceuticals.
    Chenchao Gao is a Clinical Regulatory Affairs Specialist at Seattle Genetics.
    Alexandra Walczak
    is the Supervisory Laboratory Operations Coordinator at Rutgers Divison of Life Sciences.
    Lisheng Zhou is a Bioinformaticist II at Mt. Sinai Health System.
    Eva Nelly Rubio
    is at Celgene as Scientist I.
    Serom Lee
    is an Associate Consultant at Defined Health, a Cello Health business.
    Myka Ababaon
    has a job at Caudex as a Trainee Medical Writer.
    Kathryn Drzewiecki is a project manager at Early Charm Ventures.
    Jon Brzezinksi is working at Tiberend Strategic Advisors as an Account Executive.
    Aditi Dubey is doing a postdoc at NYU.
    Leonardo Valdivieso-Torres
    is doing a postdoc at University of Knoxville, TN.
  • Alumni Data from exit survey (first position after graduate)
  • 68% postdoc, 17% research position in pharma/biotech, 9% research-related career (e.g. consulting, science writing, patent law, non-profit), 4% faculty/government position
  • Alumni Data from LinkedIn (current position)
    41% research in pharma/biotech, 24% research-related careers (e.g. consulting, science writing, patent law, non-profit), 20% current postdocs, 15% academic faculty positions
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